Little-Known Facts: Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer

286 0
Little-Known Facts: Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer

Hello! I’m Josh Olin (aka JD_2020), and thank you for the opportunity to highlight some of the features that Call of Duty: Black Ops will deliver to PS3 fans when it launches on November 9th. A number of these features are ones that I think the community has been wanting for a long time, which is why we’ve worked really hard to deliver. So let’s get started!

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3

Multiplayer Online Split-Screen Support

Let’s get started with what I believe is the most unknown, yet confirmed, aspect to Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer – the online split-screen support we’ve re-introduced to the franchise!

The Facts:

  • You can connect a second controller and bring a guest online (i.e. “JD_2020” & “JD_2020(1)”).
  • Guests can rank up, earn unlocks, etc – all guest progress goes away once signed out.

Custom Games Editor

Allow me to introduce the Black Ops Custom Games Editor! Private matches have never been this customizable. Players will have the ability to structure their games at all new levels of granularity. From variables as simple as Time Limit and Score Limit, or as deep as which weapons, Perks, and gear are available. You want a Pistols Only match? Make one! No longer do custom game modes rely on the “honor system.”

Furthermore, any Custom Game you create and configure can be placed in your File Share, for friends and the community to browse, download, and enjoy. You just might create the most addictive new game mode of all time from the comfort of your own living room!

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3

In-Game Friends List

We’ve integrated a built-in Friends List into the in game user interface. You’ll be able to browse Recent Players, Friends, navigate their File Shares, Recent Games, Combat Records – all within this in-game menu system designed to streamline the social process within the game. Sending game invites and joining Friends’ games has never been simpler than in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Regional Matchmaking & Party Privacy

Call of Duty: Black Ops will support regional matchmaking filters on a global scale. So, no matter where you’re at in the world, you will have the ability to specify whether you want to match with players from other geographical regions, or only those local to you. This will make communication and lag a much less intrusive variable on your gameplay experience.

Additionally, given Black Ops will support joining games in progress via an even simpler built-in in-game Friends List interface, we’ll allow a Party leader to lock down his lobby to Invite Only, Friends Only, or even Close it altogether if he wants to be in complete control over who enters and exits the Party Lobby.

Call of Duty: Black Ops for PS3

Emblems Do NOT Reset with Prestige

This one is pretty cut-and-dried. A frequently asked question is, “Will my kickass emblem I spent hours perfecting be lost when I prestige?” The answer is “NO!” Emblems are one of the only aspects of Black Ops MP that do not get a full reset upon entering Prestige. Things that will reset when you Prestige are: XP, COD Points, Challenge progressions, Loadouts, and so forth.

So that’s just a few of the lesser-known components to Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer, confirmed for the first time here on the official PlayStation.Blog! For more information regarding Black Ops, and all the new features included in multiplayer, head over to our official YouTube channel and watch all the different trailers we have highlighted from the game. Additionally, you can follow me on Twitter (@JD_2020) for more news and updates.

Comments are closed.


  • Josh why are you listening to the hardcore players so much?

  • First one would be SICK

  • That splitscreen option is great thanks !! cant wait for release….

  • Holy cow! Did i just read split screen mutliplayer in black ops?

  • any custom soundtracks while playing?

  • Well… looks like I will be pre-ordering this now. Wasnt going to pick this up as MW2 put a bad taste in my mouth as far as franchises go… How about some decently priced maps rather than gouging the players $15 a time for digital nothings…

  • Awesome online split screen! This is a feature that need to be implemented more in games! The only game I can think of that has this as well(with second psn login included) is Resistance 2. Glad you guys are doing it, I remember with past CoD games my brother actually bought his own copy of cod4 because he wanted to play on his ps3 while I was playing, this way we dont have to dish out extra cash for a second copy, which tbh I wasnt gonna do.

  • This is wicked, I love how Sony is finally getting developers to integrate the XMB better with the games, especially the friends list. Split-screen with two accounts signed in should be available on all games!

  • Finally someone doing things RIGHT.

    Start supporting multiple accounts in all games and you could get a slightly better chance of some xbox live players migrating to the psn, I can’t play with some friends because they have brothers, sons, etc and as they can’t log in with more than one account on the ps3 they stick to their xboxes.

  • Care to tell us why your shafting us on the MP, as you guys are delaying the release of future content on our system?

  • great info

  • Wasn’t gonna pick this up but now I definitely am. No more waiting for my brother to get off the PS3!!!!!!!

  • this game is getting better and better!!!!

  • Did I just jizz in my pants?

  • I work at a retail store and the online split screen is something customers are always asking about. Thanks for adding the feature into what will already be an amazing game

  • Thank you, Josh! Thats awesome!

  • Really cant wait to pick this game up for PS3. ( already pre-ordered 2 copies of PS3 version since msyelf and my brother we like CoD so much ). one question though i hope i get an answer for. with theater mode, will we be able to uplaod our gameplay videos to youtube directly from the game? or will we need to uplaod it first to the PS3 HDD and then from PS3 to youtube?
    Thank you

  • Regional matchmaking at last.

    *Takes deep breath*

    Treyarch FTW!

  • I can’t wait to check this all out when it comes

  • Josh Thanks for confirming the ablity to sign on to 2 accounts on the same PS3. I have two questions.
    Will we be able to use in game custom music?
    Will it show up which map and game type we are playing under the XMB like MW2?

  • this is great i cant wait i live with 3 other guys and we r all hardcore MW fans and players and now that we can do 2 ppl online split screen we can all play in hidef and work as a better clan yayaya


  • That way if my bro wanna play he can too!!!! If so then he can’t hogg the PS3 anymore!!!! SWEET! ^.^

  • “Multiplayer Online Split-Screen Support”

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! and Thank you!!
    Did I say thank you!?

  • I can dig it. I was on the fence about this game after I played a horrible game called ‘Modern Warfare 2’ but it seems like you guys are really listening to the true Call of Duty fans out there.

    You guys have earned a day 1 buy from me. Good work Treyarch.

  • YES YES YES!!!

  • Call of Duty is a game designed and catered for noobs. The gameplay is abused and destroyed without any attempt to fix it. Screw you, I got Killzone and Resistance 3!

  • Glad Treyarch still cares about the hardcore gamers.

  • Hey Josh. Looks like Black Ops will be one of the most greatest call of duty games ever released. Nice Job on the game! One question though… how many maps will be available at launch in online play?

  • Love it

  • thanks Josh!

  • custom tracks would still be wonderful like in killzone

  • Split-screen online = tonnes of boosting. “Let’s make a crap account and boost my normal account in split-screen!”

  • Any features for public matchmaking? Like specific maps? Has matchmaking been fixed? So no more joining already finished games?

  • great.. with split screen for multiplayer will be more boosters than MW2.. i hope treyarch do something about it or this game will suck cock like MW2

  • Awesome! So ready to play some fun co-op again w my friends! Not since RE5 has co-op been worth iish IMO. & I love kicking my 14yr old son’s a** n FPSs!!

  • Josh, When there are 2 PSN profiles logged in at once will the second profile be able to earn trophies?

  • i got 2 admit this is sweet
    where’s my warhawk patch at lol

  • OMG AWesome news.Splitscreen with 2 full psn accounts FTW!
    Thank you very much Treyarch for the fantastic feature but i was wondering if we will be able to do splitscreeen online on zombie mode aswell?

  • 2 players multi is a must, but having 2 PSN IDs logged is very rare on PS3. Great job adding it in! Too bad my gf only plays LBP with me, she wouldn’t want to play COD! :P

  • this sounds awesome, me and my friends have wanted this since cod4, treyarch are really starting to impress with this game, but you just know lots of people will be abusing this to boost their levels and challenges up

  • If the Ps3 Version of cod had Dedicated servers it would outsell xbox and pc…

  • Now all we need is to get the Map Packs at the same time at the Xbox 360 and I’ll be sold

  • hey got a couple of things to say 1st thanks a lot for doing this this will make a BIG difference. 2nd will zombies be back? i mean i have heard that the previous zombie maps will be included in the presteige and hardened edition, i peersonally dont see the point but yeah i dont mind, and if you dont announce it please tell me that you will keep it a secret like you did in WaW so we had to complete the campaign to unlock zombies that would be cool. 3rd i have heard (only as a rumor) that online lobbies would be chosen by how you play and how good you are instead of your level if you can confrim that it will be cool.
    thanks again i think you have once more out-done infinity ward =)

  • Wow – how cool (and finally)!! I’ll have to switch my pre-order from the other system to the PS3 now! Hopefully other multiplayer/co-op games in the future start doing this too.

  • No interest in another grungy FPS (Seriously, didn’t the generic war shooter phase go out with the PS2?). Sounds like you guys have been working hard to make another popular title though.

  • all this sounds awesome…. Can wait…

  • I love the idea of the regional matchmatking in a global scale, because my cousins live in europe and my friends in mexico and i live in canada

    so when i want to play starcraft 2 with them i cant because the region

  • Love the fact that it has split screen online multiplayer a la Resistance 2! I’m not really a modern warfare fan, but WaW was awesome and I see you guys as the more interesting studio of the two. I might have to go out and buy me a copy now. Thanks for your hard work, it looks to be paying off.

  • YESSSSSSSSSS!! Multiplayer Online Split-Screen Support FTW! WOO!

Please enter your date of birth.